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  • Hancock County Jail log week of Sept. 19

    Hancock County Jail log week of Sept. 19

    The following were arrested or booked into Hancock County Jail between Sept. 6 and 12: Liam S. King, 26, Bar Harbor, 30 days for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant. Anthony R. Acampora, 36, Gouldsboro, 21 days for theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. Austin J. Kleffman, 31, Trenton, 14

  • Could Trenton leave MDI school system?

    Could Trenton leave MDI school system?

    TRENTON — Some residents and town officials here think the town is spending more on education than it needs to, and they are looking for ways to reduce the cost, including, perhaps, withdrawing from the Mount Desert Island Regional School System, or AOS 91. (In Maine Department of Education parlance, AOS stands for alternative organization

  • Calais hospital files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

    CALAIS — Calais Regional Hospital will remain open despite having filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Sept. 17. “Filing for Chapter 11 protection during debt reorganization enables the hospital to continue providing high-quality health care in local communities and to keep jobs in the region,” according to a hospital statement. “Chapter 11 is also a

  • Ellsworth woman dies in Howland crash

    Ellsworth woman dies in Howland crash

    ELLSWORTH — An Ellsworth woman was one of two people who died in a crash involving a single pickup truck on Interstate 95 in Howland Monday, Maine State Police spokesman Steve McCausland said. Jacqueline Gordon was 66. Also deceased is the driver, Michael Dentico, 63, of Arundel, McCausland said. Dentico died at the scene. A

  • City councilor Fortier announces retirement

    City councilor Fortier announces retirement

    ELLSWORTH — If you’ve been anywhere near the city of Ellsworth in the past 50 years, you probably know Gary Fortier (and his signature tie pins). From the high school theater to the Fire Department, Fortier has been there: repairing electrical systems at Demeyer Field, responding as a firefighter to fires and as an emergency

  • Town administrator hired in Blue Hill

    Town administrator hired in Blue Hill

    BLUE HILL — The Board of Selectmen Sept. 11 voted unanimously to hire Blue Hill resident Shawna Ambrose to serve as town administrator. Ambrose has been Blue Hill’s deputy town clerk for the past year. “When this position came up I thought I should apply,” Ambrose said. “I’m invested in the town. My family’s here.

  • Airbnb rentals  generate $11.5M

    Airbnb rentals generate $11.5M

    ELLSWORTH — The number of rental properties in Bar Harbor and Ellsworth listed on home sharing site Airbnb grew this year compared to last, according to data obtained this week by The Ellsworth American. But while there were more properties for renters to choose from, the overall number of visitors either fell (as in Ellsworth)

  • Grant to help  find new markets  for Maine lobster

    Grant to help find new markets for Maine lobster

    ELLSWORTH — Trade wars can make for strange bedfellows, but few pairings would seem stranger than Maine’s lobster industry and Food Export USA-Northeast, a nonprofit group that works with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and nine other state agriculture departments throughout the Northeast to promote the export of “food and agricultural products”

  • Maine State Police log week of Sept. 19

    Maine State Police log week of Sept. 19

    ELLSWORTH — The Maine State Police arrested one allegedly impaired motorist over the weekend. Trooper Caleb McGary charged Jeffrey Ashey, 52, of Orland with one count of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant after responding to a traffic complaint in Castine Sunday. Trooper Owen Reed assisted. More arrests McGary arrested

  • City ambulance contract extended

    City ambulance contract extended

    ELLSWORTH — Ambulances will be housed in the Fire Department for at least the next few years. That’s the word after the City Council approved an extension to the agreement with Bangor-based ambulance company Northern Light Medical Transport (NLMT). The agreement is valid for the next three years, with annual reviews and auto rollover “if

  • Clinic to be built on site of former bank branch

    Clinic to be built on site of former bank branch

    ELLSWORTH — Demolition began on the former home of First National Bank’s Ellsworth branch this week. The bank moved to a brand new building on Beechland Road this spring after spending decades on High Street. Mall spokesman Dan MacIntyre said Convenient MD, a stand-alone urgent care clinic that has locations from Rhode Island to Maine,

  • Gouldsboro Police log week of Sept. 19

    Gouldsboro Police log week of Sept. 19

    GOULDSBORO — A 38-year-old Gouldsboro man sought treatment for minor injuries resulting from an all-terrain vehicle crash Aug. 28 on Route 1 near Guzzle Road. Police said Russell Stanley, 38, initially refused transport to the hospital but went later on his own. Stanley was operating the ATV on the roadway between trail heads and, as